Advertisement: Nothing described here should be taken as the absolute best way to do things. These are simply things that I have personally found to be useful. Gear reviews are useful but I am not interested in creating them. I am trying to make the focus of this section of the website much more about skills and general features rather than specific products. Some mention of specific products is unavoidable but I try to keep them to a minimum. My pages on Backpacks and shoes are a noticeable exception, but even there I try to emphasize general features.